The World Cup, between Europe and the Americas. Actors, implications and temporality of a sporting global event (20th- 21st centuries)

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June 14, 2018 to June 15, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Contemporary History, European History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Sport History / Studies, World History / Studies



Thursday, June 14

9am – 9.30

Welcome coffee (IHEAL, 28, rue Saint Guillaume, 75007 Paris)

9.30 – 9.45

Welcome address

Prof. Olivier Compagnon (Director, IHEAL)

Organizing Committee (Clément Astruc, Lorenzo Jalabert)

9.45 – 10.30

Inaugural conference

Prof. Paul Dietschy (Université de Franche Comté) « The World Cup: a historiographical object »*

chair : Organizing committe (Dr. Nicola Sbetti)

10.30 – 10.45


10.45 – 1pm

Panel 1: The World cup: a showcase for the host country ?

Clément Astruc ( IHEAL) « Showcasing Brazil in the Post Second World War : the 1950 World Cup »*

Dr. Axel Elías Jiménez (King’s College) « Achieving modernity through tradition: State formation and everyday politics during the 1970 World Cup »

Prof. Juan Antonio Simón Sanjurjo (Universidad Europea de Madrid) « The FIFA World Cup 1982 or the symbolic end of the Democratic Transition process in Spain »

chair : Prof. Mario del Pero (SciencesPo Paris)

1pm – 2.30


2.30 – 5.30

Panel 2 : Organizing the World Cup: local, national and international actors

Quentin Tonnerre (Université de Lausanne) « Between tourism and policy. The Swiss state and the 1954 World cup »*

Prof. Brenda Elsey ( Hofstra University) « "Because we have nothing". Politics, Gender, and Consumption in the 1962 World Cup »

Prof. Mathew Taylor (Professor, De Montfort University, Leicester) «Welcome to Our England: Local Perspectives in the Making of the 1966 World Cup »

Dr. Nicola Sbetti (Università di Bologna) « Political stakes of the Italy 90 World Cup »*

chair : Dr. Julien Sorez (University of Picardie)



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Friday, June 15

9am – 9.30

Welcome coffee (Maison de la Recherche Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, 4, rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris)

9.30 – 12.30

Panel 3 : Heritage of the World cup

Lorenzo Jalabert D'Amado ( IHEAL) « From Colombes 1924 to Montevideo 1930, the construction of Uruguayan football memory »*

Dr. Daniele Serapiglia (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) « The 1934 World Cup in Italian society : memories of the tournament during and after the fascist period »

Prof. Bernardo Buarque (Fondation Getúlio Vargas) « The Maracanã and the image of modern Brasil: from 1950 to 2014 »*

Prof. Lívia Gonçalves Magalhães (Universidade Federal Fluminense) « 40 years after : memories and heritage of the Argentinian 1978' Mundial »

chair : Prof. Stefan Rinke (Freie Universität)

12.30 – 2pm


2pm – 4.15

Panel 4 :  World Cup organization failures

Lucie Hémeury (IHEAL) « Argentina's unfortunate applications to host the World cup during Peronism (1938-1954) »*

Prof. George Kioussis (California State University) « “Carrots and Sticks”: The American Bid for the FIFA 1986 World Cup »

Dr. Philippe Vonnard (Paris-Sorbonne) « A “real“ application ? Switzerland and the 1998 World cup »*

chair : Prof. Frédéric Louault (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

4.15 – 4.30


4.30 – 6pm

Round table : Conclusions of the congress and contemporary perspective of the the World cup

Speakers :
Dr. Fabien Archambault (Unilim, Limoges) *

Dr. Xavier Breuil (Université de Besançon) *

Prof. Brenda Elsey (Hofstra University)onfirmed

Prof. Jürgen Mittag (Deutsche Sporthochschule, Cologne)

chair : Dr. Grégory Quin (Université de Lausanne)


Closing of the symposium

Organizing Committee (Dr. Philippe Vonnard)

*: papers presented in French


Contact Info: 

Place and dates :

The Symposium will be held in Paris at the opening of the 2018 World Cup on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 June 2018. The first day's session will take place in the Amphitheatre of the Institute of Latin American Studies, 28 rue Saint-Guillaume ; the second day's session will be at the Maison de la Recherche of Paris 3, at 4 rue des Irlandais.

Languages :

Papers will be presented in either French or English

Organizing Committee :

PhD candidate, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, IHEAL, CREDA & Université de Limoges, CRIHAM EA 4270

Lorenzo Jalabert D’Amado
PhD candidate, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, IHEAL, CREDA

Dr. Nicola Sbetti
Postdoc, Università di Bologna

Dr. Philippe Vonnard
Postdoc SNSF, Paris-Sorbonne